Use of adult stem cells continues to prove valuable in treating serious medical conditions.
The adult stem cells, which can be obtained readily from the human body, have now been successful in treating and reversing Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a central nervous system disorder that primarily affects the eye nerves (optic neuritis) and the spinal cord (myelitis).
Usually within a few years, more than half of the patients who treat the disorder with drugs go blind and cannot walk. But Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow Dr. Richard Burt of Northwestern University has used adult stem cells to successfully treat a dozen patients with the condition.
"10 of the 12 patients five years after a single treatment with adult stem cells are still without any need for any drugs or any kind of treatment," Dr. Prentice reports.
So two of the patients had to return to drug treatment, but ten are in remission. The study was published in the Neurology journal.
"This is just another evidence that adult stem cells are the gold standard for stem cells, now treating over two million patients around the globe for dozens of different conditions," says Dr. Prentice.
Charlotte Lozier Institute profiles this case and many others like it, and research with human embryos has yet to produce any success in treating medical conditions.